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If you’re in the paralegal studies program at El Centro College (ECC), you may qualify for a scholarship through Thompson Law. A personal injury law firm based in Dallas, Thompson Law is searching for candidates to participate in the Thompson Law Paralegal Student Scholarship Program.

In addition to a paid-internship with Thompson Law, Thompson Scholars receive a tuition payment of up to $1,500 per semester for the third and fourth semesters in the ECC Paralegal Program.

Interested scholarship candidates can submit their materials to apply for the scholarship program directly to the ECC Paralegal Program via email: eccparalegal@dcccd.edu.

Managing Partner Ryan L. Thompson described his firm’s desire to create the program, stating: “The rising cost of education presents a hardship many students struggle to overcome. Our team of personal injury lawyers believe this program will help students overcome those struggles, helping both our clients and future generations. We feel privileged that a paralegal program that is as highly regarded as El Centro’s selected Thompson Law to partner with in this endeavor.”

Scholarship candidates should express an honest interest in joining the Thompson Law team as a full-time paralegal after graduation from the ECC Paralegal Program, if mutually desirable by the firm and the scholarship recipient.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.25 or grade equivalent in the paralegal program at ECC;
  • Be willing to participate in a paid internship at Thompson Law, working a minimum of 20 hours per week during the school year and perform at a level commensurate with Thompson Law’s high standards and needs;
  • Have completed the first two semesters of the ECC Paralegal Program; and,
  • Agree to a background check, if selected based on the above criteria.


The ECC Paralegal Program is approved by the American Bar Association.

You can earn a Paralegal Associate Degree in two years as a full-time student. Instructors include practicing attorneys and paralegals, so you are learning from experienced professionals who are currently working within the legal field. For more information, call 214-860-2269 or go to the Paralegal webpage.

Questions about Thompson’s Paralegal Scholarship Program? Contact the ECC Paralegal Program via email: eccparalegal@dcccd.edu.